EPL is the world’s most popular soccer league. While many of the footballers doing hat tricks on the pitch are majorly old and full of experience, there is no doubt young talents are also sprouting. You need to know who is the rising star that could tip off the big guns, or simply make the shock move when you least expect it. Here are the top ten young EPL talents that you must be aware of.
Adnan Januzaj is a force to reckon with in the sporting industry. Given the turbulent form that Manchester united has been facing for the last two years, this is more than a hope at the end of the tunnel. He helped the club switch back to the game in a game that his club was already two goals at loss. We can definitely expect no less from him, he is a good mind and talent.
Andrew Robertson from Hull city is one of the shinning young EPL soccer talents of our time. While he is majorly a new signing to the club, he is one of the versatile players who can run down the flanks so threateningly to the opponents half and in no time return back so defensively to beat back any threat. As long as the team continues to play in the EPL, he is going to shine more than any of the youngsters we know.
Calum Chambers of arsenal is not talent to throw away so easily when examining the young soccer talents in EPL. Once part of Southampton’s deadly squad, he is now making an impressive stunt at the Emirates stadium. While Arsenal’s Debuchy is a more competent option for the right back, the young talent is offering ideal competition for the position, not mentioning his star when he plays in the central defense.
Sunderland’s Conor Wickham is another of the best youthful EPL footballers. While his position at Sunderland was not very impressive at the start, he is finally showing his potential. His confidence and form complements his brightness on the pitch, transforming him to one of the best striking tools for his club.
Tottenham does have some of the best young talented players for the EPL, which is part of the reason it offers quite some good competition for the big teams of the EPL. Eric Dier is one of the club’s green arsenals ready to leave a mark on the pitch. He is one of those players that you cannot write off them scoring until the last whistle goes if events against west ham united are anything to go by.
Luis Alberto is offering impressive services to Liverpool, with his stunning action that saw Liverpool overcome Manchester united being a clear testimony to this. He is capable of providing lethal assists in any kind of game, yet given a chance he may not stop at anything netting the ball. Although there are a number of wingers and strikers at Anfield, he is definitely going to make a deal sooner than later.
When one mentions la liga, it is so obvious of the big names and big clubs that come to mind. The like of Barcelona and real Madrid along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but this is not all. There is a new wave of sprouting talent, young and energetic so to say. They are making impressive shows on the field, many of them able to do more than one may proportion them to do. Here is the list of some of the best young players in La liga that seem to have more fortunes in the offing.
Munir El Haddadi is a name that one cannot so easily throw away when one looks at the young talents of La liga. His ability to play in big games without pressure makes him a vital tool for his managers, young and free to discover himself at every stage. While this is still talent raw in its nature, his show of the game depicts him as a mature mind who understands what a good play takes. He is definitely going to make a name in thenear future.
Celta Vigo’s 20 year Jonny is quickly rising to fame in the world of football. With many of his watchers naming him “Puyol”, they are definitely expressing confidence in his way of play. This is a gifted mind with good skill, yet he plays so hard even when the game’s fate seems sealed against his side. This is one of the best young game changers for La liga still in the brewing who believes that fate is not yet sealed until the final whistle.
Aymeric Laporte of Athletico Bilbao is no simple person when it comes to young skill and talent. Aged 20 yet playing, he has more to come than what we have already seen.His composure and slickness in regaining lost ball are some of the attributes that make him a lover of his managers, not mentioning his tactical way of play. While he receives minimal time on the pitch, he does show what he can do with such times.
Denis Suarez seems to be following in the footsteps of many players who have shown unique quality on the ball. His ability at Sevilla is still exploding and moving. His recent frequent appearances in action demonstrate the new significance that he has been gaining behind the scenes, and now his managers are ready to takethe risk playing him in big games.
Saul Niguez is gaining special attention among his watchers, slowly beating the speculation that first greeted his coming to his club. This is a special and young La liga player, slowly gaining wit and ability with time.He is definitely showing a great understanding of the ball and pitch, which implies that he only needs a little bit of mentoring and he will outshine the big names dominating the league. His versatility does not easily find a comparison given that he can play on the right back part of the defense a well as in the central midfield. This makes him a customizable asset whenever a manager wants to change tact or formation.
Ballon d’OR award is the best award any footballer can ever have to his name. There are only a few players who have made it to this elite club. And far more, only five have managed to hold the award for three consecutive times. Such players are some of the finest talents in the world of soccer, beating all odds to hang onto the title for more than three consecutive seasons are no gamble for any lesser player. Here are the three time winners of the Ballon d’Or award, the highest award any footballer can claim.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the current holder of the trophy, is the latest three time winner of Ballon d’Or for three running years. Having first clanged on the lucrative award in 2008, he is a great talent in the world of football. The Portuguese rose to fame for firing his country through numerous competitions via his fiery playing style, he helped his club, Manchester United, win UEFA championship competitions in the year 2007/2008. Cristiano also continue to show an unending passion for football, a factor that makes him a likely competitor for the coming awards of the same category.
Although Ronaldo trailed Messi in the following three years after his first win, he again rose to recapture the title in 2013, adding up to the trophy as a two time holder of the award. After switching to Real Madrid, he made his stunts again, showing classy performances while playing for the club where he managed to get his second ward. Later on in 2013/2014, the Portuguese fired sixty shots through the net for his club and ten more for his home country, making him get the title a third time.
Lionel Messi, an Argentinian by nationality, saw the trophy stay constantly in his custody for the years starting 2009 to 2012. Seeing his club Barcelona through a multitude of competitions as well, he was crowned the king for the first time in 2009 after his club winning UEFA championships, Copa del Rey and the Spanish La liga. With remarkable strikes that saw him and his club dominate soccer during those years, he was one of the top players of the world. The Argentinian continues to show skill with his club, with the only real competition coming from Ronaldo as for now.
Marco Van Basten also made the headlines when he won the title in 1988, 1989 and later in 1992. His crucial shots were the driving force that saw the Netherlands takes control of the UEFA championships during the 1988 competitions. He was the only first player to net four goals during UEFA championships competitions as well.
Michael platini closes the list of three time ballon d’Or winners in recent history. He is the second Dutch footballer to claim this trophy, making the Netherlands the only country with two players owning the award. He first won the trophy in 1984, then maintained a firm grip on the trophy for the next two years including 1984 and 1985.
UEFA coefficient refers to statistics used for placement and ranking of soccer teams both in club and international competitions. There are three categories of coefficients applicable to men’s soccer, which include the National team coefficient, country coefficients and the club coefficients. The national team coefficient is used for ranking national teams to aid in seeding teams for final tournaments and the qualifications for the UEFA Euro. UEFA derives these statistics from the results of each of the teams in Europe. The calculation of these coefficients happens every second year in the month of November. This is the time when all the teams are through with playing for the European championship tournament or the world cup of the upcoming year.
The major role of these coefficients is in the compilation of official UEFA ranks for the various teams, along with grouping of the teams for the European Championship final tournament. Before the adoption of these statistics, the UEFA national team coefficient was also used for seeding teams for the qualification of world cup for the European teams.
This kind of ranking was established in 2003 and was a vital tool in seeding teams for world cup qualification of the year 2006 along with the European final tournament of 2004. The coefficient for this case was achieved by dividing all the points garnered by a team playing in the two recent rounds of European Championship or the World cup, ignoring all friendlies and other matches.
The new method of calculating coefficients uses a different approach. It is calculated on the same date as above, also after two years. However, the system now uses all games that a team plays in any two recent full cycles of tournaments or qualifications for the world cup and the European championship along with additional negative or positive points for each game result.
The UEFA country coefficient is used in ranking performances for each of the club associations for member countries of the European Union. This is instrumental in determining the number of places each of the country club association gets for the two major leagues, the UEFA champion’s league along with the UEFA Europa league, and the stage at which the respective teams join the tournaments. This ranking determines the number of teams to compete in the season two years after the computation of such results. The computation of the UEFA country coefficient involves the points a team collects playing in the last five seasons of the two competitions along with bonus points. The total number of points is divided by the number of participating teams for each of the seasons before rounding down to three decimal figures.
UEFA club coefficient is used in determining the ranks of the individual clubs that participate in the UEFA Europa league along with the UEFA Champion’s league. The computation of this coefficient relies on the results of each of the teams while playing in each of the last five seasons of the two championships in addition to the value of 20% of the club’s standing rank in its governing association.
The football tournament of 2004 was hosted in Athens, Greece which persisted from 11 August to 28 August. Considering the men’s tournament, a total of 32 matches was played at 6 different venues by 16 teams and were able to reach a sum of 101 goals. The standout player was Carlos Tévez that managed to score 8 goals in the tournament. 401,415 people attended in the men’s tournament and witnessed Argentina with the gold medal, Paraguay with the silver and Italy with a bronze. The women’s tournament was won by United States with Brazil and Germany being awarded with a silver and bronze medal, respectively.
In 2008, the football tournament was a success in terms of the attendance which reached 2,144,268 with an average of 36,970 people per match over 58 matches. The host nation was China and the event commenced from 6 August and ended on 23 August. 28 teams from 6 confederations participated in the tournament and managed to score a total of 135 goals. Matches were comprised of a preliminary round, quarterfinals, semifinals, a bronze and a gold medals match. The top scorer in the men’s tournament was Giuseppe Rossi of Italy with 4 goals, while it was Cristiane of Brazil with 5 goals in the women’s tournament. The tournament was finished with Argentina obtaining the gold medal, Nigeria the silver, and Brazil the bronze in the men’s tournament, while the United States, Brazil and Germany were awarded with a gold, silver and bronze medal in the women’s tournament, respectively.
The football tournament at the 1996 Olympics were hosted by the United States of America from 20 July to 3 August at 6 different venues of which 5 were in host cities. A total of 58 matches were played in which 28 teams participated from 6 confederations. This Olympiad commenced the introduction of the women’s contest in football, without an age limitation for the players. The medal winners from the men’s tournament were Nigeria with a gold medal, Argentina with a silver, and Brazil with a bronze. Considering the women’s tournament, United States obtained gold, while China and Norway were awarded with silver and a bronze medal, respectively.
The football events at the Olympics of 2000 were the 20th in the Olympics ‘thread’. The women’s football tournament was held for the second time in Olympics. These events were held from 13 September to 30 September where the host nation was Australia. There were a total of 28 teams from 6 confederations and matches were held in 6 different venues of which 5 were from host cities. 58 matches were played of which under the men titles, Cameroon won the gold medal, Spain the silver medal, and Chile a bronze, while it was Norway with a gold, United States with a silver and Germany with a bronze under the women’s tournament. The top-scorer in the men’s tournament was Ivan Zamorano of Chile with 6 goals to his name, while it was Sun Wen of China who scored 4 goals in the women’s tournament.
Football at the 1988 Olympics were held from 17 September to 1 October at different locations in South Korea. A total of 16 teams participated with 314 footballers entering the tournament out of which 268 footballers actually competing. A total of 95 goals were scored by 52 players in the 32 matches, with the inclusion of one ‘own’ goal. China was the only country that was unable to score a goal. The tournament had exciting matches like Italy versus Guatemala on September 17 in which the crowd witnessed 7 goals in the game; 5 from Italy and 2 from Guatemala. The event ended with Soviet Union winning the gold medal, Brazil the silver, and West Germany the bronze. The top-scorer was Romario of Brazil with a sum of 7 goals in the tournament.
The football events at the 1992 Olympics were held in Spain at various different venues and were the first Under-23 competition in the history of Olympics. Sixteen teams participated and qualified in the tournament including the hosting nation, Spain. The tournament was divided into two stages. The first stage required the teams to compete with members in the same group. There were four groups with four teams and each had to play 3 matches in this stage. The second stage was the knockout round with quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. In the end, Spain was awarded with a gold medal, Poland with silver, and Ghana with bronze. Andrzej Juskowiak of Poland was the notable player scoring 7 goals in the tournament.
The football event at the 1980 Olympics was hosted by USSR which commenced on July 20 and ended on August 2. A total of 16 teams from 6 confederations participated which comprised of only men. These events were held in 6 different venues out of which 5 were in host cities. There were 32 matches in the tournament which were allocated to different stages and rounds. The match for the bronze medal was held on 1 August at Dinamo Stadium, Moscow between Soviet Union and Yugoslavia which ended up as a victory for Soviet Union. After the gold medal match, the results were announced which declared Czechoslovakia as the gold medalist, East Germany as the silver medalist, and Soviet Union as the bronze medal recipient. Sergey Andreyev of Soviet Union was the top goal scorer with 5 goals in the tournament.
The football competition at the 1984 Olympics was held in United States from 29 July to 11 August at 4 different locations of which 3 were in the host cities. 16 teams participated from 5 confederations and competed in 32 matches of the tournament. There were a total of 84 goals scored that were witnessed by 1,425,181 attendees. The tournament ended awarding France with a gold medal, Brazil with silver, and Yugoslavia with bronze. There were three top scorers in the tournament each scoring 5 goals, namely Daniel Xuereb of France, Borislav Cvetković and Stjepan Deverić of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
The football tournament at the 1972 Olympics was held in West Germany from 27 August to 10 September. 16 teams participated of which some of the notable teams such as Brazil, Germany, Soviet Union, and Poland was also present in the tournament. The contest comprised of two qualifying rounds, a bronze medal match and a final for the gold medal. The bronze medal match was held on 10 September between Soviet Union and East Germany at the Olympic Stadium, Munich which was attended by 80,000 people. Since the match was a tie between both teams, both countries were awarded the bronze medal. However the gold medal match was won by Poland, making Hungary the silver medalist.
The football events at the 1976 Summer Olympics were hosted by Canada and persisted from July 18 to July 31. The reason for this quick finale was the withdrawal of three teams (Nigeria, Ghana and Zambia) from the tournament due to the observance to the African-led boycott of games against the joining of New Zealand because its rugby team toured apartheid South Africa. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union managed to qualify for the bronze medal match and gained victory over Brazil for 2-0. The final match was held between East Germany and Poland, where Poland was unable to seize control in the match and lost against East Germany for 1-3. Consequently, East Germany was awarded a gold medal, Poland silver, and Soviet Union bronze.